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Just got a ComI Searchlights Alto Great horn...As far as I know at that time
Martin engraved the Horns before lacquering--so they look like relac. ?


Really Great Sound I was wondering that it is kind of bright in the upper register...
--But great mechanic / sound !
 

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Odds are it's re-lacquered. It seems that Martin's lacquer from those years in the '30's was not very durable and quickly wore away, so they got re-lacquered pretty quickly compared to other models. Most of the Comm. I horns I've personally handled have been re-lacquered. The ones that had original lacquer had very little of it left.

In any case I wouldn't worry too much about it if it's been re-lacquered; they are heavy horns and can take a buffing without harm. I've got a Comm. I alto and a Centennial; both have been re-lacquered. Both of them are excellent horns.
 

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Somewhere I read that the Com 1 searchlights have been lacquered after the engraving...I think at the webside THE MARTIN STORY but cant find it any more
maybe my searchlight alto is a relac. but its great
 
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